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Floyd Mayweather, the best boxer of his generation, put on a fascinating farewell performance on Saturday night, knocking out UFC star Conor McGregor in the 10th round of their fight. Though McGregor, making his pro boxing debut, was given virtually no chance to succeed, he won a few rounds and surprised the masses by remaining competitive with Mayweather for much of the match.
Until this happened.
Though McGregor—who was guaranteed $30 million but will likely make tens of millions more (Mayweather, meanwhile, was guaranteed a $100 million purse)—avoided taking Mayweather’s best punches until late in the fight, he couldn’t stop the Twitter memes from ultimately knocking him cold.
McGregor, after he recovers from the fight pic.twitter.com/IxYE0MbuAI— Trenise Ferreira (@TreniseFerreira) August 27, 2017
Connor McGregor racist azz gone be sitting at home thinking bout this loss like: pic.twitter.com/2JIZY579J7— X (@XLNB) August 27, 2017
life comes at you fast pic.twitter.com/iXNtitgAKJ— BJ (@BASEDJESUS) August 27, 2017
Twitter users also seemed to enjoy the outfit Mayweather wore during his ringwalk.
Some wondered about Mayweather’s documented issues with the IRS.
IRS gone be backstage waiting for Floyd like... pic.twitter.com/jBoIUMMTPw— Eagles road to 16-0 (@jocjackson0) August 27, 2017
The IRS after Floyd won in the 10th round pic.twitter.com/sAe3QIIJf2— X (@XLNB) August 27, 2017
Those who watched the fight legally had to spend $99 for the pay-per-view telecast. Not everybody, though, ended up paying.
After the fight, Mayweather said he was retiring for good, and McGregor said he’d return to the UFC. But for one night, millions of people got together, watched a fight that was much better than expected, and then celebrated by making fun of McGregor and Mayweather on the internet.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.